In my lifetime, I never thought that I would see Sonia Gandhi being mocked and ridiculed on live television.
In 2014, Congress didn’t just lose an election. They were left in a situation where they couldn’t even be recognized as an opposition party. But apparently, that was not enough. Five years passed and still nobody in media dared to say a word of criticism against Queen Sonia Gandhi.
Their worries were not unfounded. What if the Congress had come back in 2019? The Congress has had many setbacks, but it has never lost two general elections in a row.
So 2019 came and went. The results for the Congress were even more disastrous. The BJP went past 300 seats. The Congress, again, was not in a position to even form the opposition.
A year after that historic verdict, the inevitable has finally happened. Somebody in the media has had the courage to ridicule Sonia Gandhi! What is amazing is how long it took.
True, Arnab became a pariah in the media by taking this huge risk. When the Mumbai Police picked him up for a grueling 12 hour interrogation, not one journalist dared to so much as tweet in his favor. The week before they were all crying copious tears because some editor of some two bit leftist portal got a knock on the door from police.
In fact, as it stands, Arnab has been disowned by the entire journalist community. Liberals on social media had a field day enjoying his plight at the hands of police. The right wing on social media was boiling with anger.
But these things don’t matter very much. The mouse does not matter. What is important is that somebody has belled the cat.
All these years, so many people believed that much worse things happen to those who dare speak against the Queen. Yes, Arnab didn’t have a picnic, but come on… at the end of the day, it was 12 hours of his life. And he came out of it roaring with energy. And he went on to continue his anti-Sonia Gandhi tirade. And he will probably emerge as the biggest winner in the TRP game.
Something has changed now and it cannot be changed back again.
A few days ago, I had described criticism of the Queen as an invisible electric fence. I bet even the most compromised Pidi journalists must have fantasized about it, just for fun. But their hearts would melt in fear at the thought of crossing that threshold.
Arnab has shown that the fence was never there. And once you prove that the fence isn’t real, the floodgates are bound to open. He was about six years too late, but the inevitable has happened.
Do you realize that Rahul Gandhi is the first ever member of the Nehru-Gandhi clan to be mocked by the people?
It wasn’t always like this. Around 2005-06, when his career was being launched, there were all the symptoms that he too would live the sheltered life of Congress royalty. Everything would be credited to the power of his “dreams.”
Well, Rajiv Gandhi had dreamed about computers, but he surely hadn’t dreamed about social media. Mocking Rahul Gandhi was something that began on social media. At first a trickle, then a flood and finally a deluge. And now it has got to the point that even a two bit liberal Pidi has to make some jibes against Rahul Gandhi simply to stay borderline credible.
You see what happened here? The Dynasty just gave up.
But think about it. There is no real difference between Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. What happened to Rahul can happen to Sonia just as well.
And this time, the credit goes to Arnab Goswami. He’s moved into the openly anti-Sonia Gandhi space and taken ownership of it.
Other journalists can boycott him, act like he doesn’t exist or that he doesn’t have any rights. Fine. But in the public square, the Pidis will now have to defend BOTH Rahul and Sonia Gandhi.
Until now, Sonia Gandhi was the politician whose politics could not even be discussed. You were supposed to revere her politics without question. Now, Pidis will have to step out and defend her. And we all know how badly that defense can fall apart.
In five years, I guarantee you Sonia Gandhi will be mocked just as badly as Rahul Gandhi is today. Then, we will all look back and wonder what the fuss was all about…